Director Pascal Chaumeil’s (Heartbreaker) adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel A Long Way Down has commenced production on set this week. The film features a group of strangers who coincidentally meet on the top of a London skyscraper on New Year’s Eve where they had all gone to commit suicide. Deciding to withdraw from their suicidal thoughts, the four strangers make a pact to stay alive until at least Valentine’s Day, which inspires an unlikely friendship “as they try to pull back from the brink.”
The four central strangers are played by Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots, who are set as a once-beloved TV personality, single mother, failed musician turned pizza-delivery boy and a “sassy teen” respectively. Sam Neill and Rosamund Pike (Pride and Prejudice) have also recently signed on. Hornby has authored behind such great works as High Fidelity, About a Boy and Fever Pitch, so the source material is a solid foundation. The production takes place in England and Spain.